40 Years Ago, Sept. 22, 1971
Zoning hang-ups dominate agenda
After long weeks of deliberation and delay, the Grand Island Town Board determined to grant a special use permit to the coffee service operated in the residence of John Watkins at 1941 Staley Road. The permit was granted on the premise that the service would not be enlarged while operating out of its present location. ...
In the past few weeks, a number of townspeople have tried in vain to employ a local taxi service. (Supervisor) Ray Griffin reported to the board that although they had granted a license to the perspective business, the Town Clerk had not been able to evoke a response from the letter her office had directed to the licensee. In view of these conditions the board voted to rescind the license.
30 Years Ago, Sept. 18, 1981
Primary election results
Incumbent Peace Justice Eric Reimann was the victor in the primary race for the four-year justice term to be voted in November.
High vote-getters in the Conservative write-in campaign other than Reimann were: Supervisor LaVerne C. Luther, 55; Councilman James H. Pax, 58; and Tax Collector Martin Prast, seeking election to the Town Board, 42 votes. All now also retain their Conservative endorsement. Luther, Reimann and Pax are Republican endorsed, and Prast is the Democratic-endorsed candidate for councilman.
A Conservative write-in vote was also cast for Doug Smith and Bugs Bunny.
20 Years Ago, Sept. 20, 1991
Boat launch facility requested
A waterfront park tops the list of projects the Town Board is requesting the Horizon Waterfront Commission to include in its plans for Grand Island.
The board in a resolution Monday asked the commission to include it in its description a proposed boat launch and marina to be established "on a 40-acre parcel of land currently leased by the town from the Niagara State Park Commission." They added that the town "would encourage the State of New York Parks and Recreation to develop a boat launch facility at the northeastern shore of Buckhorn Island Park."
That is where the leased land is located. ... Entrance to the waterfront property is at Long and West River roads.
10 Years Ago, Sept. 21, 2001
Grand Island hosts candlelight vigil
Last Friday afternoon a resident of Grand Island approached Town Supervisor Peter McMahon and inquired if the town planned on holding some form of an event in the wake of the attack on America.
"Sunday night, Town Hall gazebo, a candlelight ceremony, be there," McMahon informed the resident. It did not take long for the word to spread. Sunday evening arrived, and so did the people. According to McMahon, there were at least 125-150 people on the Town Hall lawn by 7 p.m. The ceremony was not to start until 8:45 a.m. ...
"I think everybody was overwhelmed with the turnout," said Rev. Paul Robinson, president of the Grand Island Ministerium. "What stood out to me was there were people there of all ages. There was an overall sense of togetherness."
By the time the event started there was approximately 1,000 individuals donning red, white and blue in attendance. As the ceremony carried on, an estimated 1,500 people gathered around the town gazebo.